This kind of flew under the radar over the weekend, but it’s so strange it definitely merits our attention. Not long ago I mentioned that Stephon Marbury was thinking about going to play ball in Italy when his Knicks contract expired. Similarly, former UCLA star J.R. Henderson became a Japanese citizen to compete on their national team. And now, via True Hoop, I’m hearing that Chris Webber is being courted to play ball in Greece:
Two sources familiar with the offer told ESPN.com that Olympiakos was offering a two-year deal that would net Webber between $10 million and $12 million, which would make him the highest-paid American player in Europe.
Webber has said he is leaning toward returning to the Detroit Pistons, although signing Webber prior to training camp, even for the veterans’ minimum, would have cap ramifications that the Pistons want to avoid. Webber is said to be comfortable with the idea of waiting at least a month or two for the Pistons’ roster issues to work themselves out, which would allow him to join them in midseason as he did in 2005-06.
How effing brilliant is that?! Here’s to C-Web’s big fat Greek offer, as Matt Watson dubbed it. Hope he likes fila dough and feta cheese, cuz he’ll be living large if he makes that move.